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9/11: Brilliant Article Ties Together All the Threads

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"On that fateful day, the Securities and Exchange Commission declared a national emergency, and for the first time in U.S. history, invoked its emergency powers under Securities Exchange Act Section 12(k) easing regulatory restrictions for clearing and settling security trades for the next 15 days. These changes would allow an estimated $240 billion in covert government securities to be cleared upon maturity without the standard regulatory controls around identification of ownership."


Dear friends,

Few people are aware of the huge Black Eagle Trust fund, let alone its critical relation to the 9/11 attacks. A brilliant summary of excellent information regarding this covert fund compiled by meticulous researcher E.P. Heidner ties together many previously unexplained threads in the 9/11 mystery in ways that are most compelling. Heidner presents volumes of solid evidence to support his thesis that one of the main reasons for the attacks was to cover up the laundering of over $200 billion in bonds from this secretive fund that were to come due the day after 9/11.

Serious 9/11 researchers will likely be most grateful for the revealing connections in this careful research made between seemingly unconnected parts of the 9/11 story and the many people and organizations involved. Those less familiar with the 9/11 cover-up will almost certainly appreciate the broad overview given and the hidden history behind it all. If we follow the money, a lot of unexplained things begin to make sense.

Below are key excerpts from this remarkable paper with highlighting provided for those with limited time. If you do have time, the many diagrams, photos, and charts available in the original 58-page essay are most helpful. The full document also includes 232 footnotes for verification filling 17 pages worth of text. In the concise summary below, I've kept the original footnote numbers, so you will find they skip quite a bit. See the full essay to explore these informative footnotes. For the entire original paper with footnotes, click here.

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Fred Burks for PEERS and the WantToKnow.info Team
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

Note: For what may be the most powerful single piece of evidence corroborating this theory, click here to read the Reuters news service article on the massive volume of electronic financial transactions conducted from inside the WTC just before the towers collapsed. Yet the investigation results are being kept secret.


Collateral Damage: U.S. Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on 9/11

The September 11th attacks were likely meant as a cover-up for financial crimes being investigated by the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), whose offices in the Pentagon were destroyed on September 11th. [1] The attacks ... were intended to cover-up the clearing of $240 billion dollars in securities covertly created in September 1991 to fund a covert economic war against the Soviet Union, during which 'unknown' western investors bought up much of the Soviet industry, with a focus on oil and gas.

The 9/11 attacks also served to derail multiple Federal investigations of crimes associated with the 1991 covert operation. Hundreds of billions of dollars of government securities had to be destroyed. A critical mass of brokers from the major government security brokerages in the Twin Towers had to be eliminated to create chaos in the government securities market. A situation needed to be created wherein $240 billion dollars of covert securities could be electronically "cleared" without anyone asking questions – which happened when the Federal Reserve declared an emergency and invoked its "emergency powers" that very afternoon. [4]

There were three major securities brokers in the World Trade Center: Cantor Fitzgerald, Eurobrokers and Garbon Inter Capital. Cantor Fitzgerald was the largest securities dealer in the US [7] and arguably the primary target. [8] 41% of the fatalities in the Twin Towers came from Cantor Fitzgerald and Eurobrokers. [13] 31% of the 125 fatalities in the Pentagon were from the Naval Command Center that housed the Office of Naval Intelligence. 39 of 40 Office of Naval Intelligence employees died. The Naval Command Center had been moved into that newly opened section of the Pentagon only a month earlier. [21] And in the vaults beneath the World Trade Center Towers, any certificates for bonds were destroyed. [14]

On that fateful day, the Securities and Exchange Commission declared a national emergency, and for the first time in U.S. history, invoked its emergency powers under Securities Exchange Act Section 12(k) easing regulatory restrictions for clearing and settling security trades for the next 15 days. These changes would allow an estimated $240 billion in covert government securities to be cleared upon maturity without the standard regulatory controls around identification of ownership. [19]

The Origins of the World Trade Center Attack

Emboldened by the lack of consequences for subverting the U.S. constitution and breaking international law during the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, a Bush administration group known as "the Vulcans" planned a bigger drive to crush Communism once and for all. They waged war against the Soviet Union and Iraq under George H.W. Bush, and against Iraq and Afghanistan under George W. Bush. Belonging to this group were Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice. [31]

The Vulcan's drive to bring an end to the Cold War was fueled by a covert war chest invisible to congressional oversight. [32] This war chest would be known by several names: Black Eagle Trust, the Marcos gold, Yamashita's Gold, the Golden Lily Treasure, the Durham Trust or Project Hammer. [33] The program also seems to have lined the pockets of the individuals that executed this policy. This was done to the tune of a staggering $240 billion dollars in covert and allegedly illegal bonds, which appear to have been replaced with Treasury notes backed by U.S. taxpayers in the aftermath of September 11.

The covert securities used to accomplish the national security objective of ending the Cold War ended up in the vaults of the brokers in the World Trade Center, and were destroyed on September 11, 2001. [36] They came due for settlement and clearing on September 12. The federal Agency investigating these bonds – The Office of Naval Intelligence – was in the section of the Pentagon that was destroyed on 9/11. [37]

To this key group of senior National Security officials called the Vulcans, who had participated in the victory of the economic cold war in 1991, the WTC, the Pentagon, the four airliners and their occupants would became 'collateral' damage in the ending of the Cold War. Their deaths were required to hide the existence of the Black Eagle Trust, and the covert activities it had funded for over 50 years. The destruction of these lives and buildings constituted a cover-up of continued lawlessness by a fraternity or brotherhood of businessmen and criminals often referred to as 'the Enterprise' in the 1980s, though it has remained in the shadows since.

Numerous sources have documented that at the end of WWII, the treasury of the Japanese Empire was discovered in the Philippines by a staff member of General Charles Willoughby, [Edward Lansdale], who was General MacArthur's chief of Intelligence. Then known as the Golden Lily Treasure, this mass of wealth had been accumulated by the Japanese through over fifty years of pillaging by its army in Southeast Asia and China. It was deposited in the Philippines due to the U.S. submarine blockade of Japan. Reports vary, but documents in the public domain suggest the recovered treasure was in excess of 280,000 metric tonnes of gold, not including jewels and diamonds. [40] After the War [Lansdale] tortured Major Kojima Kashii – General Yamashita Tomoyuki's driver – until he revealed and created a map of the gold sites. [41]

Lansdale briefed Assistant Secretary of War John J. McCloy about the findings, and a U.S. Cabinet level decision was made to confiscate the gold and cover-up its discovery. The gold would be added to the Black Eagle Trust fund. It was McCloy, along with Secretary of the Navy Robert B. Anderson and Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson who created the Black Eagle Trust. [42]

John McCloy, who had shared a box at the 1939 Olympics with Adolph Hitler, went on to become President of the World Bank. Robert Anderson would go on to operate the Commercial Exchange Bank in the British West Indies, be convicted of running illegal banking operations and tax evasion, and be sentenced to prison. [43] A fourth member of that group – William 'Wild Bill' Donovan – would go on to found the CIA and distribute the gold to key banks represented by his staffers.

The trust they created takes its name from the Nazi Black Eagle stamped on the gold bars of the Third Reich. Gold bullion confiscated from the Reich and not returned to its rightful owners and their heirs was the original source of funding for this trust. [44] Over the years, the significance of the Nazi gold would pale in comparison to the confiscated Japanese treasure.

The men responsible for initiating and executing the confiscation of Nazi and Japanese treasury gold represented the most senior Intelligence officers in the U.S. and Britain at the end of World War II, and the Cabinet of the President of the United States. The financial institutions represented by these individuals would become the major financial banks in the world, along with the Swiss-German banks they hid their gold in. The Yamashita gold would become the cornerstone of the Black Eagle Fund, from which many covert operations of the U.S. intelligence would be funded. [58]

Lansdale's operation in the Philippines gave birth to most of the common features of modern covert operations for U.S. Intelligence: bribery, theft, torture, and false flag operations. It would be Lansdale who would initiate a bond between the US intelligence organizations and Israeli intelligence. It would be Lansdale that would set precedents for the Intelligence community to retain the services of organized crime on U.S. soil. Lansdale would hire American Mafia family heads Carlos Marcello, Santos Trafficante, Meyer Lansky, and Lucky Luciano in the U.S. war against Fidel Castro in 1961.

It would be Lansdale's team that would propose and justify sacrificing innocent U.S. civilians in order to rally the American citizenry to support an invasion of foreign soil. This was done under a program run by Brigadier General William H. Craig, who reported to Lansdale for the Cuba project. [61] This project was called Operation Northwoods. Documents for this project would be accidentally released from the files of Robert McNamara into the public domain some 40 years later, exposing the degree to which Lansdale's operatives would go to wage war. [62] These declassified documents revealed secret plans of the U.S. military to wage a fabricated "terror" campaign against US citizens as a pretext to justify a second invasion of Cuba.

Barrick Gold would become an investment for nearly every gold bullion bank associated with the Marcos gold recovery. These banks would loan gold to Barrick, which would then sell the borrowed gold as derivatives, with the promise of replacing the borrowed gold with their gold mining operation. The records of many of those transactions disappeared when Enron collapsed and the trading operation and all its records were taken over by UBS, another major recipient of Marcos gold. The FBI was reportedly conducting an investigation into those transactions, and the investigation files were kept on the 23rd floor of the North Tower of the WTC. A review of the personal accounts of September 11 now suggests that office was deliberately targeted with explosives prior to the collapse of the WTC towers. [73]

Taking Control

In November 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected to the White House. Sixty-nine days after the inauguration, John Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Reagan. Eight days prior to that attempt, there were a series of unprecedented policy changes that put George Bush in charge of Foreign Policy and National Security. That conferred new roles and powers on Bush, including "unprecedented powers for a vice president." [85] Vice President George Bush was named the leader of the United States "crisis management'' staff, as a part of the National Security Council system. [86] Then, on March 30, 1981, just eight days after these powers were conferred on Bush, President Reagan was shot.

The father of the assassin that put Bush in power was John (a.k.a. Jack) Hinckley, Sr., the owner of Vanderbilt Oil. Hinckley had been giving maximum donations every year to George H.W. Bush since he started running for Congress. In The Black Hole of Guyana: The Untold Story of the Jonestown Massacre, John Judge painstakingly documents that Jonestown was a CIA operation for converting dispossessed and lonely refugees into assassins. In an operation that was falling under Congressional investigation, the evidence had to be eliminated – and nearly all the inhabitants were murdered to prevent disclosure. [88]

A key player in the Marcos gold would be Banker's Trust, which was taken over by Alex Brown & Sons, after Banker's Trust floundered financially on its Russian loans in the mid 1990s. These Russian loans were facilitated by Enron, starting in August of 1993, and very possibly were part of the Project Hammer takeover of Soviet industry. Alex Brown's involvement would bring to the forefront the names of three names of individuals who would play multiple roles in this mystery: Buzz Krongard, Mayo Shattuck, and J Carter Beese.

Buzz Krongard is reported as the mentor of Beese and Shattuck from their years together at Alex Brown. Additionally, he managed the merger between Bankers Trust and Deutschebank Alex Brown. Bankers Trust, Zurich was a key Marcos gold holder. Krongard would move on to become Chairman of the investment bank A.B. Brown, Vice Chairman of Banker's Trust, and Executive Director of the CIA at the time of September 11.

Mayo Shattuck would be reported to be the personal banker for Adnan Khashoggi and Edgar Bronfmann during their partnership at Barrick Gold. [107] He would move on to become the CEO of Deutschebank who would resign for unexplained reasons the day after September 11, and would not be at the WTC office that day when the tower collapsed. It was his bank that was identified as the source of the illegal stock options that indicated there was insider trading taking advantage of the September 11 tragedy.

What happened to the Marcos gold after it was confiscated by U.S. agents in 1986 has never been reported, but throughout the early 1990s, the world gold market would be befuddled by the mysterious appearance of thousands of tonnes of gold which appeared to suppress the price of gold.

In preparation for their war against Communism, and in the years leading up to the failed – or faux – coup of 1991 which initiated the last days of Gorbachev and the rise of Yeltsin, Bush and a cadre of rogue KGB officials built a complex international network of banks and holding companies that would be used to take over ownership of the Soviet economy. Over 300 of these KGB turncoats who supported this operation would later be re-located to the US in the early 1990s and pensioned. [111] Periodic CIA reports to Congress would review KGB and organized crime complicity in the takeover of Russia by criminal elements, but all mention of the formidable role of the U.S. would be expunged from Congressional oversight and the public record. [112]

In the first phase of the economic attack on the Soviet Union, George Bush authorized Leo Wanta and others to destabilize the ruble and facilitate the theft of the Soviet/Russian treasury. This would result in draining the Russian treasury of between 2,000 to 3,000 tonnes of gold bullion, ($35 billion at the time). [113] The gold was 'stolen' in March of 1991, facilitated by Leo Wanta and signed off by Boris Yeltsin's right hand man. The majority of the leaked reports from the CIA and FBI suggest the theft of the Russian treasury was a KGB and Communist party operation, but what those reports omitted was the extensive involvement of Boris Yeltsin, the U.S. banking industry and the CIA.

In the second phase, Wanta, George Soros and a group of Bush appointees would begin to destabilize the ruble. There were two major operations: the largest was coordinated by Alan Greenspan and Oliver North, and implemented by Leo Wanta.

The 9/11 Cover-up and the Black Eagle Trust

With an understanding of the economic war being waged on the Soviet Union, the focus needs to turn to reports that on September 11, 1991, President George Bush was responsible for issuing $240 billion dollars in secretive bonds as a part of this attack on the Russian ruble. There are six lines of evidence from eight sources that suggest this was indeed the case. Many of these instances are corroborated with documents available on the Internet, presented by those making the claims. [174]

The bonds sat for ten years, like a ticking time bomb. They had to be settled – or cashed in by September 12, 2001. The two firms in the U.S. most likely to be handling them would be Cantor Fitzgerald and Eurobrokers – the two largest government securities firms in the U.S. The federal agency mostly involved in investigating those transactions was the Office of Naval Intelligence. On 9/11, those same three organizations: the two largest government securities brokers and the Office of Naval Intelligence in the US took direct hits.

What happened inside the buildings of the World Trade on September 11 is difficult, but not impossible to discern. The government has put a seal on the testimony gathered by the investigating 911 Commission, and instructed government employees to not speak on the matter or suffer severe penalties, but there are a number of personal testimonies posted on the Internet as to what happened in those buildings that day.

Careful reconstruction from those testimonies indicates the deliberate destruction of evidence not only by a targeted assault on the buildings, but also by targeted fires and explosions. In the event that either the hijacking failed, or the buildings were not brought down, the evidence would be destroyed by fires. In addition to the investigative evidence being destroyed, the Federal Register reported that the physical securities held by the brokers in their vaults had been destroyed.

What would be even more revealing would be the actions of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission on that day, and in the immediate aftermath. As one of many coincidences on 9/11, the Federal Reserve Bank was operating its information system from its remote back-up site rather than it's downtown headquarters. The SEC and Federal Reserve system remained unfazed by the attack. All of their systems continued to operate. The two major security trading firms had their trade data backed up on remote systems. Nevertheless, the Commission for the first time invoked its emergency powers under Securities Exchange Act Section 12(k) and issued several orders to ease certain regulatory restrictions temporarily.

The Federal Reserve Suspends the Rules

On the first day of the crisis, the SEC lifted "Rule 15c3-3: Customer Protection – Reserves and Custody of Securities." Thus GSCC [Government Securities Clearing Corporation] was thus allowed to substitute other securities for the physical securities destroyed during the attack. "…collateral substitutions can and should be made with regard to immediately maturing collateral." [191] At this point in time, the Federal Reserve and its GSCC had created a settlement environment totally void of controls and reporting – where it could substitute valid, new government securities for the mature, illegal securities, and not have to record where the original bad securities had come from, or where the new securities went – all because the paper for the primary brokers for US securities had been eliminated.

A review of the explanations for the actions of the Federal Reserve after September 11th exposes an amazingly complex web of analysis and speculation. The reports published by the Federal Reserve argue that the Federal Reserve's actions increasing the monetary supply by over $300 billion were justified to overcome operational difficulties in the financial sector. While impressive as the reports are, what is noted by the casual reader is that all of the Federal Reserve analysis is speculative and suggestive, using phraseology such as "may have," "likely," "presumably," or "should have." There are few – if any – definitive statements about root cause and the appropriateness of the Federal Reserve response.

While the Fed was reporting outstanding account balances of over $100 billion per day (while not identifying the banks involved), the Wall Street Journal reported that at one point during the week after 9/11, BoNY was publicly reported to be overdue on $100 billion in payments. [198] The Deutschebank, which sat inside the WTC and was totally decimated, reported no such account balance increase, and JP Morgan, the other of only two clearing banks which uses the same traders and communications hub, reported no such increase in its account balance. No one has publicly asked: why is it that these other two banks were not seriously disrupted, while the Bank of New York – which had no structural damage – seemed unable to operate?

Certain key unknown figures in the Federal Reserve may have 'conspired' with key unknown figures at the Bank of New York to create a situation where $240 billion in off balance sheet securities created in 1991 as part of an official covert operation to overthrow the Soviet Union, could be cleared without publicly acknowledging their existence. These securities, originally managed by Cantor Fitzgerald, were cleared and settled in the aftermath of September 11th through the BoNY. The $100 billion account balance bubble reported by the Wall Street Journal as being experienced in the BoNY was tip of a three day operation, when these securities were moved from off-balance-sheet to the balance sheet.

[As reported on page 12 of a Federal Reserve document] "In the absence of complete information on deliveries into and out of its account at BoNY on September 11, and as a result of its assumption of settlement fails on the starting legs of blind-brokered RPs, GSCC recorded (after the close of business on September 11) $266 billion in transactions that apparently failed to settle.… Continuing connectivity problems prevented GSCC from giving BoNY delivery instructions after the close of business on September 11 and prevented it from acquiring information on activity in its account at BoNY during the day on September 12. Consequently, GSCC recorded $440 billion in settlement fails as of the close of business on September 12." [201]

What appears to be the case is that the Federal Reserve imbalances reported on three consecutive days in the aftermath were largely concentrated at the Bank of New York, which is reported to represent over 90% of the imbalance, suggesting the Bank had been the recipient of massive fund transfers, and unable to send out transfers. Overall transactions for the day of 9/11 were seemingly down even more significantly than volume, but the transactions that came in after closing were extremely large, averaging in size in packages of $35 million or more. This would be consistent with a hypothesis that $240 billion of securities were being pushed surreptitiously into the money supply.

The Federal Reserve, without providing the detail required to substantiate it's claims, would have the public believe that there were widespread liquidity issues, when in fact the issues were very concentrated primarily, if not singularly, in the BoNY, which has been the subject of an ongoing major money-laundering investigation for many years. These account balance issues resulted in the defacto expansion of the monetary supply, details of which are no longer reported by the Federal Reserve.

The reported cause of this market malfunction is seemingly suspect. By comparison, the Deutschebank which sat inside the World Trade Center reported no such account balance increase, and JP Morgan, the other of two clearing banks which uses the same traders and communications hub, reported no such increase in account balance. Additionally, while problems were being documented between the BoNY and GCSS, no other institution had those problems.

There is a contention that at the core of the September 11th attack, someone was planning to cover the 1991 issuance of $240 billion in covert securities used to finance the collapse the Soviet Union. The facts surrounding the financial aftermath of September 11 suggest this is not only possible, but that reports describing the aftermath have deliberately been misleading.

  • The US dollar money supply was significantly increased in the aftermath of 9/11;
  • The bank at the core of the illegal money laundering by ex-Soviet criminals was the source of the increased money supply (BoNY);
  • The generally disseminated rationale for BoNY's operational problems seems to have affected no other bank in a similar manner or magnitude and is inconsistent with reports on the BoNY operations in the aftermath;
  • A key witness who might provide insight to these issues is a statistically aberrant death;
  • The source of the BoNY's $330 billion increase in assets is cloaked under the privilege of "private banking;"
  • The only alleged "severe" disruption to the financial systems was the Federal Reserves account balance and the securities trading fails – both systems required to hide the laundering of $240 billion in covert securities.

This is not a 'proof' that $240 billion was laundered, but it provides probable cause for paying serious attention.

Conclusion

History has many interpretations, and this report has been just one of many – an interpretation pieced together from the bold admissions and revelations of insiders, whose stories have been ignored and suppressed by the major media organizations. It is an interpretation of history that suggests a few determined men strove to change the world in defense of Western capitalism in ways which they felt needed to be hidden from the public. Whatever emotion or logic that was adequate to cause them to hide their actions from the public was not strong enough to prevent them from committing the acts.


Author's Note:
This is the condensed version of this story. The author cannot vouch for the accuracy of the source materials, although efforts have been made to validate the consistency of the story line with as many references as possible. There is no single fact or reference that this story is dependent on. The author expects some details to be disputed, and possibly disproved, but contends that the story line will hold true regardless.

Note from Fred: Though I doubt this was the only reason for 9/11, it was likely one of the main motivators. For what may be the most powerful single piece of evidence corroborating this theory, click here to read the Reuters news service article on the massive volume of electronic financial transactions conducted from inside the WTC just before the buildings collapsed. Yet the investigation results are being kept secret.


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Death of ‘Osama’

The 9/11 Big Lie Gets Even Bigger

By Bob Baldwin
May 11, 2011

[I]n the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.” ~ Adolf Hitler, 1925, Mein Kampf

The President’s Address
On May 1, 1945, radio broadcasts throughout Germany were interrupted by the announcement that Adolf Hitler had died “heroically” earlier that day, “fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism.”1 Sixty-six years later to the day, prime time television and radio broadcasts in the United States were interrupted with a special announcement that President Obama would be giving a major address to the nation at around 10:30 pm. No reason was given. Had someone died? Was President Obama, like LBJ in 1968 going to announce that he was not seeking re-election? The country was kept in suspense. As 10:30 came and went, rumors began circulating that Osama bin Laden, the ever elusive terrorist leader blamed for 9/11, had been killed.

At 11:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, after keeping the nation waiting, the President finally made his appearance. Dramatically he announced that Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda terrorist leader “responsible for the murders of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” had been killed following a firefight at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. According to the President, Obama’s body had been retrieved and was in the custody of U.S. military forces.2

Toppling “Osama’s Statue” in front of the White House
Immediately following Obama’s speech, hundreds of students from George Washington and Howard Universities descended on Lafayette Park across from the White House, chanting, U.S.A., U.S.A! A similar outpouring took place at Ground Zero in New York City.

According to investigative reporter and former NSA analyst, Wayne Madsen, the reason for President Obama’s long delay in making his announcement was not for reasons of national security, but rather to provide time to organize students on the campuses for this “spontaneous” demonstration. Citing unnamed sources, Madsen claims David Plouffe, Obama’s political adviser, was behind the operation and that students were provided with brand new American flags.3

If Madsen’s allegations are true, the crowd in front of the White House was reminiscent of the crowd of Iraqi civilians who joined U.S Marines in toppling Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad. Later it was revealed that the “spontaneous” outpouring had been a staged intelligence operation.4

Suspicious Burial at Sea
Nowhere in the President’s remarks was there any mention that the body of Osama bin Laden had been hastily buried at sea. That revelation would come after the President’s speech. When this astonishing detail was later revealed, the excuse given by the White House for the hasty burial at sea was to show respect for Islamic custom, which requires bodies to be buried within 24 hours of death. According to the White House, bin Laden’s body had been washed and given a 45 minute funeral onboard the aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, before being dropped into the sea. Other reasons given for the sea burial were that no other country would take bin Laden’s body and they did not want to bury him on land for fear his grave would become a terrorist shrine.

Many observers familiar with Muslim custom have noted that under Islam, a Muslim is only buried at sea if he or she dies during a voyage away from land. A proper Muslim burial requires that the deceased be buried in the ground with their head facing Mecca.

Considering all the controversy and “conspiracy theories” surrounding the events of 9/11, it’s amazing that not one reporter, commentator, or news anchor of any significance within the corporate media at any level from prime time television to the supermarket tabloids even so much as raised an eyebrow at this remarkable revelation. It was as if the mainstream media had been transformed into The Stepford Wives, incapable of independent thought. Had they all forgotten about past government deceptions, such as, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the non-existent “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq?

The Story Changes
On Monday, the day after the president’s address, President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor, John Brennan, gave a briefing for reporters at the White House. According to Brennan, Osama bin Laden had cowardly used his wife as a human shield during a firefight with a Special Forces team. The Washington Times quoted Brennan as saying:
Here is bin Laden, who has been calling for these attacks, living in this million-dollar-plus compound, living in an area that is far removed from the front, hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield…”5 


According to Brennan, Bin Laden’s wife and two other men were killed during a firefight between the terrorists and special forces team.6

No sooner had Brennan finished his press conference, than the original story began to unravel. The following day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney “clarified” Brennan’s remarks. According to Carney, bin Laden was not armed and had not used his wife as a human shield.7

Another statement from Brennan that would later be refuted was that the President and top advisers had watched the raid on the compound in real-time from the White House Situation Room via cameras mounted on the helmets of the Navy Seal team. A photograph showing an ashen President Obama and Hillary Clinton with her hand to her mouth, as though she had just witnessed something ghastly, was released to the public.


Figure 1

Photo of President and senior advisers in the White House Situation Room being briefed about the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Photo by White House photographer Pete Souza.

Later it would be revealed that the photograph was of the President and his advisers watching a televised briefing about the raid given by CIA Director Leon Panetta, who was away at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The following day, Panetta admitted that there had been a 25-minute blackout during the raid and that the President and his staff had not witnessed Osama bin Laden being killed.8

Adding to the confusion, Brennan had stated, during his press conference the previous day, that Osama’s son Khalid was killed during the raid. A White House transcript of Brennan’s press conference listed the son as Hamza bin Laden. When Carney was asked about the various discrepancies, he said, “Even I’m getting confused.”9

Osama Raid Conveniently Vindicates Use of Torture
It’s interesting that John Brennan, Obama’s senior counter terrorism expert, couldn’t get the story straight. At the time Obama chose him to be the administration’s Counter Terrorism Czar, Brennan was considered a controversial pick. During the Bush Administration, Brennan had been a leading advocate of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.
During an interview with reporter Margaret Warner on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on December 5, 2005, Brennan was asked if he thought extraoridinary rendition was “a vital tool in combating terrorism.” He responded, “I think it's an absolutely vital tool. I have been intimately familiar now over the past decade with the cases of rendition that the U.S. Government has been involved in. And I can say without a doubt that it has been very successful as far as producing intelligence that has saved lives.”10
Considering this history, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Obama Administration is now crediting the CIA’s program of extraordinary rendition with helping to locate Osama bin Laden. According to the Huffington Post, a courier for bin Laden was identified as a result of interrogations of Khalid Sheihk Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi. It was through a phone call the courier made to someone already under surveillance that eventually allowed the CIA to locate the courier. By following him, they were eventually able to locate bin Laden’s compound. Interestingly, Khalid Sheihk Mohammed did not reveal the courier’s name as a result of his 183 waterboardings, but as a result of routine interrogation.11
According to author Ron Suskind, the waterboardings weren’t the only pressure put on Khalid Sheihk Mohammed. He had been threatened by the CIA that if he didn’t talk they would injure his children, a girl and a boy aged 9 and 7 years old. He still refused to cooperate. He is reported to have said, “You can do what you want to my children, and they will find a better place with Allah.”12
President Refuses to Release Photo of Dead bin Laden
On the Tuesday following the President’s announcement about Osama bin Laden, CIA Director Leon Panetta told reporters that he believed that photos taken of bin Laden’s corpse would “eventually be released.”

The following day, however, the President told Steve Kroft of CBS’s 60 Minutes that he had decided not to release the photos for fear that the gruesome images might incite violence and be used by Al Qaeda as a tool for recruitment.

Almost immediately, following the announcement of bin Laden’s death, a photograph purported to be his corpse began circulating over the Internet. Even after it was discovered to be a fake, the London Telegraph and Daily Mail continued to run with it.13


Figure 2
This gruesome image purported to be a photo of Osama bin Laden, taken after the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, circulated on the Internet briefly until astute observers noted that it was a forgery. See photos below, showing how it was faked:


Figure 3

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a number of Republican Senators were shown this faked photo in what he described as an official briefing. Brown told reporters afterwards that the image was too gruesome to release to the public, that it would inflame the terrorists. Later he admitted that the photo he had been shown was a hoax. According to Brown, it was the same photo that was floating around the Internet. When questioned, he refused to elaborate as to who gave the “official briefing.” 14

When did Osama bin Laden die?
The question of whether or not Osama bin Laden is dead or alive is not an issue. Almost everyone agrees he’s dead. The question is when did he die? The most prevalent view among researchers of 9/11 is that Osama bin Laden probably died sometime in December 2001 of renal failure. This would have been around the time of the battle of Tora Bora.

David Ray Griffin believes that bin Laden died of kidney failure or complications from it on December 13, 2011.15

On December 26, 2001, Fox News, citing an unnamed source, reported that bin Laden had died of lung complications and was buried at Tora Bora, following a funeral attended by family members and close associates.16

Six months after 9/11, President Bush made an unusual statement about Osama bin Laden. When questioned during a press conference on March 13, 2002, about catching bin Laden, President Bush said matter-of-factly, “I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.” His rambling answer is quite revealing:
QUESTION: Mr. President, in your speeches now, you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? Also, can you can tell the American people if you have any more information -- if you know if he is dead or alive. Deep in your heart, don't you truly believe that until you find out if he is dead or alive, you won't really want to make...
BUSH: Well, deep in my heart, I know the man's on the run if he's alive at all. And I -- you know, who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not? We hadn't heard from him in a long time.
And the idea of focusing on one person is really -- indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission. Terror's bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who has now been marginalized. His network is -- his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match.
He is -- you know, as I mention in my speeches -- I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death. And he, himself, tries to hide, if, in fact, he's hiding at all.
So I don't know where he is. Nor -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well supplied, that the strategy is clear, that the coalition is strong, that when we find enemy bunched up, like we did in Shah-e-Kot mountains, that the military has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they did.
And there will be other battles in Afghanistan. There's going to be other struggles like Shah-e-Kot. And I'm just as confident about the outcome of those future battles as I was about Shah-e-kot, where our soldiers are performing brilliantly; we're tough, we're strong, they're well-equipped, we have a good strategy. We are showing the world we know how to fight a guerrilla war with conventional means.
QUESTION: Do you believe the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead of alive?
BUSH: As I say, we hadn't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, you know, again, I don't know where he is.
I'll repeat what I said: I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.
But, you know, once we set out the policy and started executing the plan, he became -- we shoved him out more and more on the margins.
He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore. And if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it -- either we will or our friends will. That's one of the things that's part of the new phase that's becoming apparent to the American people is that we're working closely with other governments to deny sanctuary or training or a place to hide or a place to raise money. And we got more work to do.
See, that's the thing the American people have got to understand -- that we've only been at this six months. This is going to be a long struggle. I keep saying that. I don't know whether you all believe me or not. But time will show you that it's going to take a long time to achieve this objective.”17

Bush’s indifference about catching Osama bin Laden was shared by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers. On April 6, 2002 he stated, “The goal has never been to get bin Laden.”18

Also it’s interesting to note that Alec Station, the CIA’s special unit dedicated to tracking Osama bin Laden, ceased operations in 2005.19

Osama’s History of Illness
On July 12, 2001, two months before 9/11, bin Laden was being treated for acute renal failure at the American Hospital in Dubai. According to the French journal, La Figaro, and Radio France, he met with the CIA’s attache, Larry Mitchell.20

Following these meetings, President Bush was briefed at his ranch in Crawford, Texas by CIA Director George Tenet. The title of the briefing was “Bin Laden determined to strike in the US.”21

According to CBS News with Dan Rather, bin Laden was also being treated at a Pakistan Military Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on September 10, 2001, one day before 9/11.22

Osama Identified by Facial Recognition and DNA
According to Brennan, Osama bin Laden’s identity was positively verified by statements from his wives, a DNA sample taken from his corpse and by facial recognition software of a photo of his body taken by Navy SEALs using a camera phone and uploaded to CIA headquarters. Of course, since no corpse is available for independent verification, we have to take the government at their word that they actually killed the right person.

Considering all the well-publicized cases of mistaken identity with death row inmates, this is one of the troubling aspects of President Obama’s openly proclaimed policy of extra-judicial assassination. This is a policy which first began during the Bush Administration, although other presidents have exercised similar prerogatives in secret. Under it, enemy combatants, including American citizens, can be executed on the President’s say-so without the right to a trial or appeals process.23 Although the courts have turned a blind eye to this egregious and immoral policy, it is clearly a violation of the spirit and intent of the Bill of Rights and international law.

Originally, television reports on Sunday claimed that Osama bin Laden’s DNA had been matched to a sister who had died of cancer at Boston General Hospital awhile back. The hospital later issued a statement that it had no record of providing the government with her DNA samples.24 Later, government officials, without being specific, claimed that DNA samples from multiple relatives were used to positively identify Osama bin Laden’s body. Whose DNA was tested? What was the chain of custody of bin Laden’s DNA? Without a body or knowledge about the chain of custody of bin Laden’s DNA, there is no way to verify that the government is telling the truth.

Also troubling was the fact that facial recognition was conducted after the killing. What if they had made a mistake? Would they have told us? Allegedly photo recognition software gave the images a 95 percent rate of match.25 Considering all the various images purported to be Osama bin Laden, one question we should all be asking is which one of Osama bin Laden’s many faces did the software match?

Until President Obama decides to release Osama bin Laden’s death photos, we have no way of knowing.

The Many Faces of Osama bin Laden









Figures 4a-4h

Some of the many images of Osama bin Laden. The third picture on the top row is a composite photo created by the FBI for use by the State Department to show what bin Laden might look like after aging. It was created by morphing the photo of a Spanish politician with that of Osama bin Laden.





Figure 5

Left is a picture of Osama bin Laden taken in 1998. The middle image is a morphed image of bin Laden and Spanish Communist Party leader Gaspar Llamazareson, shown on the left. The image was created by the FBI for use by the State Department to show what he might look like after againg.26


Figure 6

Bin Laden allegedly watching himself on television. A neighbor living near the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan claims this individual is a man named Akhbar Han, not bin Laden.



Figure 7
Grecian Formula” Bin Laden, before and after.


Figure 8

Above is an image of Emanuel Goldstein, a character in George Orwell’s 1984. 27
Osama bin Laden has often been compared to the fictional character in Orwell’s dystopian novel about a totalitarian police state. Is 1984 what America has become?

In Osama Bin Laden, Dead or Alive? David Ray Griffin argues that the various video and audio tapes that purported to have been made by Osama bin Laden after 2001, were fakes created by the intelligence community to keep the War on Terror going.28

As we all know, war is big business. The War on Terrorism generates billions of dollars a year for the defense establishment and provides the pretext for preemptive wars and the ever greater expansion of governmental authority.

After 2007, no more videos of Osama bin Laden appeared until the raid on his alleged compound in Abbottabad. The only tapes released after 2007 were audios of dubious credibility. The videos that appeared after 2001 were mostly still images with a sound track included. This made it impossible to determine when the video portions were actually filmed.

In the various videos that have been released over the years, different actors appear to be portraying Osama bin Laden. There was the fat bin Laden seen confessing to 9/11, the haggard bin Laden with long gray beard, and the Grecian formula bin Laden with a neatly trimmed beard dyed shoe polish black.



Figures 9a-9b

Images of fat bin Laden shown in the “Confession” Video, allegedly retrieved by U.S. troops after the capture of Jalalabad, Afghanistan in 2001.

The confession video that was allegedly discovered by U.S. troops following the occupation of Jalalabad, Afghanistan in December of 2001, depicts a heavy set individual purported to be bin Laden bragging to al Qaeda comrades about “staging” the 9/11 attacks. In the video bin Laden is seen writing with his right hand. The real Osama bin Laden, according to the FBI, was left handed.29

The elderly gentleman shown watching TV in one of the videos retrieved from the Abbottabad compound has since been identified by a neighbor as Akhbar Han, the owner of the compound.30 (See figure 6.) If Akhbar doesn’t turn up soon, we can guess who’s really “swimming with the fishes.”


Figure 10

Osama bin Laden video released in 2004 three days before the Presidential Election.

In 2004, three days before the Presidential Election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, an Osama bin Laden video conveniently surfaced. It was credited with giving President Bush a six-point lead over Kerry.31

Was the CIA behind creating this video, perhaps as a favor to Dubya’s former CIA director dad?

CIA Admits faking Osama bin Laden Videos
According to Jeff Stein of the Washington Post, the CIA did admit to creating other phony bin Laden videos along with ones of Saddam Hussein. One of their videos that never was publicized depicted Osama bin Laden as gay and sitting around a campfire drinking alcohol.32

Was this admission a limited hangout to cover for other phony bin Laden videos purported as real?

Satellite Dish Mysteriously Appears on Side of Compound Following the Raid
After photos were released of “Osama bin Laden” watching television via satellite, there was one problem, there was no satellite dish near the compound. That was soon remedied.


Figure 11

Image alleged to be Osama bin Laden in compound watching Television via satellite.


Figure 12

Photo taken after the raid, notice the absence of a satellite dish on the side of the building.


Figure 13

Abracadabra—a satellite dish appears days later to the right of the building.

Bin Laden Family
Statements from the bin Laden family need to be scrutinized carefully. The bin Ladens have maintained close ties to the Bush family for years. Osama’s older brother, Salem, was an investor in George W. Bush’s company, Arbusto Energy. On 9/11, Osama’s other brother, Shafig bin Laden, was present at a conference for the Carlyle Group in Washinton, D.C. that included among its guest list, former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

After 9/11 when all flights in the United States were grounded, the Bush Administration allowed bin Laden family members and other prominent Saudis to fly out of the country, thereby sparing them extensive questioning by FBI investigators.

In this light, statements made by Osama’s son Omar, criticizing the U.S. for killing his father, need to be examined carefully. Although seemingly critical of the U.S., Omar’s statement also gives credence to the claim that Osama bin Laden was killed at the compound, during the raid. Omar is the fourth son of bin Laden’s first wife, Syrian born Najwa Ghamen. Omar’s statement was made over an Islamist website being monitored by SITE Intelligence Group.33

Omar, in the past, has stated that he believes his father ordered the attacks of 9/11. He is married to a British woman, Zaina Mohamed Al-Sabah, formerly Jane Felix-Browne.

The Real House Wives of Abbottabad
Other than DNA and facial recognition, the other evidence identifying Osama bin Laden came from interrogations of his three wives said to have been living at the compound along with several children.

Bin Laden has been married six times, although one of the marriages ended in divorce and another marriage was annulled shortly afterwards.

Bin Laden’s Wives listed in order of their marriages:
  1. Najwa Ghamen, mother of Omar (Married 1974)
  2. Khadijah Sharif (Married 1983, Divorced 1990s)
  3. Khairiah Sabar, mother of Hamza (Married 1985)
  4. Shiman Sabar, mother of Khalid (Married 1987)
  5. Marriage to unidentified woman in Khartoum (Annulled)
  6. Amal al-Sadah (Married 2000)34

There are a number of oddities regarding the story about the wives in the compound.
As noted earlier, Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan stated that Osama bin Laden had been “cowardly,” using one of his wives as a human shield and that they both were killed during a firefight. Later it was admitted that bin Laden had been unarmed and had not used his wife as a human shield. It was claimed that another man had used another woman as human shield and that both of them had been killed along with bin Laden’s courier and one of his sons. Accounts of which son was killed have been conflicting. Various reports have described the son as either Hamza or Khalid.

After the raid, Reuters released some gruesome photos of three dead men lying in pools of blood, killed in or around the compound.35 There were no photos of a woman killed.

According to Politico, two women had been injured during the raid and a third woman who was used as a human shield was killed during the alleged firefight.36
One of the women injured was Osama’s youngest wife Amal, who was said to have been wounded in the calf while lunging at the commandos. She was taken away before Osama was killed. Her daughter, Safiyah, variously described as 11, 12, and 13 years old claims to have witnessed his capture and execution.37

Who was the other woman injured and who was the woman killed?

According to the London Telegraph, there were nine women and twenty-three children living in the compound at the time of the raid.38 What was the world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head, doing living with so many women and children? It doesn’t make sense; nor, do other aspects of the story.

Why were bin Laden’s wives not taken into custody by the Navy SEALs? If they had room for a “treasure trove” of documents and videos said to have been retrieved from the compound, why not room for key witnesses. Why were they left behind to be taken into custody by Pakistani authorities?

It’s curious that when U.S. investigators were finally allowed by Pakistani officials to interrogate the women, who were identified as: Kariah Sabar, Siham Sabar and Amal al-Sadah, a member of Pakistan’s ISI was present in the room at all times. Also, only one of the women actually spoke to American investigators. She was Kariah Sabar, also known as Umm Hamza (the mother of Hamza), the oldest of the three wives.39 Why weren’t American interrogators allowed to speak to all the women?

According to Lawrence Wright in The Looming Tower, Al-Qaeda and The Road to 9/11, Umm Hamza, who was seven years older than Osama, has a PhD in Child Psycology and has taught at King Abdul Aziz University in Saudi Arabia. She is said to be a descendant of the prophet Mohamed.40

She and wife number two, Khadija Sharif are often confused with one another in various accounts, making it difficult to determine which is which.

Strangely, no pictures of either Khairiah Sabar or Siham Sabar have been released since the raid. The only photograph of any of the wives shown to the public is that of Osama’s youngest wife Amal, from a passport photo.
Amal is said to have married Osama bin Laden in 2000, shortly before 9/11. Her current age is variously described as being 24, 26 or 29 years old, depending on who you read. Time states her current age as 24.41 The same Time article, which lists her current age as 24, says that she was 19 when she fled Afghanistan after 9/11. That would make her at least 29 years old. (Ibid.) Was this a typo? MSNBC also claims she is 24 years old and that she and Osama had their first child in 2002.42 If the child in question was her daughter Safiyah, that would make the child only 9 years old, not a teenager as described by various news sources.

When it comes to government accounts of what happened, fuzzy math abounds. Almost every aspect of the “Osama” killing is clouded with confusion and inconsistency. Is this all just an accident?

Was there a firefight at the compound?
During his May 1st address to the nation, President Obama stated that bin Laden had been killed during a firefight at the compound. He didn’t elaborate. The following day ABC News reporter Brian Ross appeared on The View hosted by Barbara Walters to discuss the raid on bin Laden’s compound. On a large screen he presented an animated simulation of the firefight, showing multiple shooters firing on the commandoes from inside the compound.

While a television network such as ABC certainly has the capability to produce a slick graphic of this sort overnight, it’s interesting that the presentation was ready on such short notice for the following morning. After all, the President had made his announcement late the night before.43

As to the firefight, the White House would correct itself once again by stating that there had been no firefight. The battle had been extremely one-sided, with only one person firing on the SEALs from and adjacent guest house. The man said to have been firing on the SEALs was bin Laden’s alleged courier, a man identified as Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti. He and his wife were killed. The other men shot were unarmed.44 If this version is true, then that would explain who the dead woman was.

Al-CIA-Duh
Right on cue as usual, Al Qaeda issued a communiqué in which they verified the death of Osama bin Laden. The communiqué was issued over terrorist websites according to SITE Intelligence Group.45

SITE, which is an acronym for Search for International Terrorist Entities, mysteriously always knows where to look for terrorist messages.

SITE was founded by Rita Katz., a former Iraqi of Jewish descent, who is fluent in Arabic. Her father was executed by Saddam Hussein on suspicion of spying for Israel. After her father’s death, her family escaped Iraq and resettled in Israel. Katz is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Force and is a graduate of the University of Tel Aviv. She is currently an American citizen, residing in the United States.46


Figure 14

Rita Katz, Executive Director of SITE Intelligence Group.47


Most Americans would be surprised to know that Al Qaeda has historically been an ally and not an enemy of the United States. Al Qaeda fought alongside the CIA and NATO in such disparate battlegrounds around the world as: Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Iran, and currently Libya.48 Was Al Qaeda also working for the CIA on 9/11?

Shortly after revealing that “Al Qaeda” was the CIA’s name for their database of Mujahideen fighters, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook died of a heart attack while hiking with his wife in Scotland.49 He had earlier resigned his post in opposition to Tony Blair’s support for the War in Iraq. Although there was no evidence of foul play, in light of the suspicious death of Dr. David Kelly, one has to wonder.50

Were any Americans killed during the raid?
According to President Obama no Americans were killed in the raid; however; one of the four helicopters, used in the raid, stalled and crashed outside bin Laden’s compound. Rather than let it fall into the wrong hands, the SEALs are said to have blown it up.

That was the official version. There is another account provided by a nearby neighbor named Mohammed Bashir, who claims to have witnessed the raid from his rooftop.

According to Bashir, who gave his account to a reporter from Pakistan’s Samaa TV, shortly after midnight, men exited the helicopter and went into the compound. After a few minutes, the men returned from the compound and began boarding the helicopter when it exploded. Bashir said the men were speaking Peshtu, an Iranian dialect spoken in Afghanistan. If this account is true, it’s not clear who these men were or if any Americans were with them.51

Was Pakistan Secretly Involved in the Raid?
Were the Pakistanis in on the raid from the beginning? President Obama alluded to this in his May 1st address, stating that, “[I]t's important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding.”52
According to a story carried by the New York Times, the day after President Obama’s speech, the Pakistanis were kept in the dark about the raid. The commandos were to get in and out before the Pakistanis “detected the breach of their territory.”53

Following the raid the Pakistani government issued a warning to the United States threatening “disastrous consequences” if it carried out any more “unauthorized” raids into Pakistani territory.54

As a further sign of indignation over the raid, Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, issued a statement that they would cease sharing intelligence with the United States.55

Following this alleged break with the U.S., there was a high profile incident on May 17th, in which a NATO helicopter was fired on by Pakistani soldiers at a border post along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The NATO helicopter returned fire and two Pakistani soldiers were injured.56 The incident took place the day after Senator John Kerry met in Islamabad with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.

In the past, Pakistani officials have publicly condemned U.S. incursions into their country and the loss of civilian life, resulting from U.S. drone strikes. Much of this outrage is feigned for public consumption inside Pakistan. Privately, the leadership from both countries have worked closely together.57

This may have been the case with the raid on Osama’s compound. According to China’s
Xinhua News Agency, the Pakistanis were in on the raid from the very beginning. Xinhua claims that the Pakistanis were responsible for cutting electricity to the compound and for cordoning off the area around the compound before the attack occurred.58

Considering that Abbottabad is only about 50 kilometers from Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad and is home to the Kakul Military Academy, Pakistan’s version of West Point, it seems highly improbable that President Obama would risk such a mission without prior approval from the Pakistani government.

The Navy Seals might be tough hombres, but even they aren’t tough enough to fight their way out of the heart of Pakistan with only 79 men. That sort of thing only happens in Rambo movies or government accounts.

The Demise of Liberty
The killing of “Osama bin Laden” came at an opportune time for the President. His poll numbers were at an all time low, resulting from high gasoline prices and an anemic economy. Only a week earlier, thanks to public criticism from Donald Trump, he had been forced to release his long-form birth certificate, something he had refused to do throughout the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

With his announcement about the killing of Osama bin Laden, his poll numbers shot up by 13 percent, with 69 percent of Americans confident that he can “keep the nation safe.”59

Beyond giving his campaign for reelection a boost, the raid on bin Laden’s compound conveniently coincided with pending legislation to renew the USA PATRIOT Act for another four years. Following the incident at Abbottabad, the measure passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Obama, using an autopen, while he was visiting France.

The Patriot Act wasn’t the only draconian legislation being proposed in the wake of Osama’s alleged killing. Following revelations that bin Laden had been planning to derail passenger trains in the United States for the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York proposed legislation to create a no-ride list similar to the existing no-fly list for Amtrak passengers.60

If anyone thought the killing of Osama bin Laden would bring and end to the war on terror, they were sadly mistaken.

Just as the burning of the Reichstag ushered in an era of fascism in Germany, 9/11 has been the catalyst for preemptive wars, the evisceration of the Constitution and the establishment of an Orwellian police state in the United States. Unlike the death of Adolf Hitler, which gave closure to Europe at the end of World War II, the death of Osama bin Laden is only the beginning of America’s totalitarian descent. Since “Osama’s” death, the threat of terrorism remains ever present and the wars continue with no end in sight.

Notes

  1. “Karl Doenitz: Announcement of Hitler’s Death, May 1, 1945;” November 12, 2008; http://historicalresources.wordpress.com/2008/11/12/karl-doenitz-announcement-of-hitler%E2%80%99s-death-may-1-1945/ Most historians believe that Hitler committed suicide in his bunker the day before on April 30th as Soviet troops closed in. It wasn’t until the following day that the German people were informed of his death.
  2. Full transcript of President Obama's speech announcing the killing of Osama Bin Laden;” May 2, 2011; http://www.rgj.com/article/20110501/NEWS12/110501019/Full-transcript-President-Obama-s-speech-announcing-killing-Osama-Bin-Laden?odyssey=nav%7Chead
  3. “‘Wag the Dog’ is a training film for the Obama White House;” May 9-10, 2011; http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20110508_1
  4. “The photographs tell the story…, Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale?” April 15, 2003; http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2842.htm
  5. U.S.: Osama used wife as human shield;” Kara Rowland; Monday, May 2, 2011; http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/may/2/us-osama-used-wife-human-shield/
  6. Ibid.
  7. White House changes Osama bin Laden account;” Josh Gerstein & Matt Negrin; May 3, 2011; http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54162.html
  8. Osama bin Laden dead: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound, The head of the CIA admintted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events;” Steven Swinford; May 4, 2011; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8493391/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-Blackout-during-raid-on-bin-Laden-compound.html
  9. Op cit. 7
  10. John Brennan and Bush’s interrogation/detention policies;” Glenn Greenwald; Sunday, November 16, 2008; http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2008/11/16/brennan And John Brennan isn’t the only senior Obama Administration official to be intimately involved in the extraodinary rendition program. Contrary to popular misconception rendition and torture did not begin under President Bush as a response to 9/11. It began during the Clinton Administration prior to 9/11. According to Wayne Madsen, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were responsible for signing off on the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program with Egypt when they worked for the Clinton Administration. Holder was Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno and Panetta was White House Chief of Staff at the time. The first person to be renditioned and tortured was Talaat Fuad Qassim. He was sent to Egypt in a crate and later died under torture. http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20110203
  11. Osama Bin Laden Dead: How One Phone Call Led U.S. To Bin Laden’s Doorstep;” Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo; May 2, 2011; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead-one-phone-call_n_856674.html And “September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed ‘waterboarded 183 times’;” April 20, 2009; http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6130165.ece
  12. “Interview with Terror Expert Ron Suskind, ‘The President Knows more than He Lets on’;” October 27, 2006; http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,445117,00.html
  13. “Media Runs Fake Photo To Illustrate Bin Laden Death Propaganda;” Paul Joseph Watson; May 2, 2011; http://www.prisonplanet.com/media-runs-fake-photo-to-illustrate-bin-laden-death-propaganda.html
  14. “Faked bin Laden photo dupes Brown, Hoax pictures also fooled other senators;” Michael Levenson; May 5, 2011; http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/05/05/senator_scott_brown_duped_by_bin_laden_photo/
  15. “Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years – and are the U.S. and Britain covering it up to continue war on terror?” Sue Reid; September 11, 2009; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1212851/Has-Osama-Bin-Laden-dead-seven-years--U-S-Britain-covering-continue-war-terror.html
  16. “Report: Bin Laden Already Dead;” Wednesday, December 26, 2001; http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html
  17. America’s ever-shifting attitude towards bin Laden tells us far more about the confused war on terror than about bin Laden himself;” Brendon O’Neill; April 25, 2002; http://www.cursor.org/stories/binladenforgotten.htm
  18. “C.I.A. Closes Unit Focused on Capture of bin Laden;” Mark Mazzetti; July 4, 2006; http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/washington/04intel.html
  19. “Transcript: Bin Laden determined to strike in the US;” April 10, 2004; http://articles.cnn.com/2004-04-10/politics/august6.memo_1_bin-conduct-terrorist-attacks-abu-zubaydah?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS And Despite this warning, which was kept secret for reasons of “National Security” from the American public following 9/11, the U.S. military and intelligence community ignored reported warnings from foreign governments, FBI field agents and left our nation’s air defenses on the east coast virtually undefended.
  20. “Where was Osama bin Laden on 9/11? Bush Administration knew the whereabouts of Osama;” Michel Chossudovsky; November 16, 2003; http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO311A.html
  21. “Deep Background – Assassinating Americans;” Philip Giraldi; March 28, 2010; http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18369 And “Is Obama Continuing the Bush/Cheney Assassination Program?” Jeremy Scahill; July 15, 2009; http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14382
  22. “DNA samples from relatives helped confirm identity yesterday;” Bryan Bender and Carolyn Y. Johnson; May 3, 2011; http://articles.boston.com/2011-05-03/news/29500055_1_dna-testing-dna-samples-bin
  23. “Behind the Hunt for Bin Laden;” Mark Mazzetti, Helene Cooper and Peter Baker; May 2, 2011; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/world/asia/03intel.html
  24. “Spanish Politician Threatens to Sue FBI Over Bin Laden Makeover;” Kurt Nimo; January 17, 2010; http://www.prisonplanet.com/spanish-politician-threatens-to-sue-fbi-over-bin-laden-makeover.html
  25. “Osama bin Laden, Dead or Alive?” May 21, 2009; http://davidraygriffin.com/books/osama-bin-laden-dead-or-alive/
  26. “Was 9/11 an Inside Job?” Mark H. Gaffney; July 31st, 2008; http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20080731
  27. “That’s Not Osama bin Laden, That’s My Neighbour;” May 10, 2011; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ixrT01Hnec
  28. “CIA unit’s wacky idea: Depict Saddam as gay;” Jeff Stein, May 25, 2010; http://blog.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2010/05/cia_group_had_wacky_ideas_to_d.html
  29. “My father’s death was criminal and I may sue the U.S.: Bin Laden’s son slams Al Qaeda leader’s killing;” Daily Mail Reporter; May 11, 2011; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385714/Osama-Bin-Ladens-son-Omar-slams-Al-Qaeda-leaders-death-criminal-sue-US.html
  30. “Big love: bin Laden’s six wives;” Laura Rozen; May 12, 2011; http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theenvoy/big-love-bin-ladens-six-wives And “Osama bin Laden;” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osama_bin_Laden
  31. “Official: 2 women injured in bin Laden raid not in US custody;” Josh Gerstein; May 2, 2011; http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/0511/Official_2_women_injured_in_bin_Laden_raid_not_in_US_custody.html
  32. “’In Front of Her Eyes’: Osama bin Laden’s Teen Daughter Witnessed Death;” Jim Sciutto; May 4, 2011; http://abcnews.go.com/International/osama-bin-ladens-daughter-witnessed-death-pakistan-admits/story?id=13527830
  33. “Osama bin Laden ‘was not armed and did not use wife as human shield;’” Peter Foster; May 3, 2011; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8489658/Osama-bin-Laden-was-not-armed-and-did-not-use-wife-as-human-shield.html
  34. “U.S. Interrogated ‘Hostile’ Bin Laden Wives;” Robert Mackey; May 13, 2011; http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/u-s-interrogated-hostile-bin-laden-wives/
  35. “The Looming Tower, Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11;” Lawrence Wright; Alfred A. Knopf; New York; 2006; pp. 81-82.
  36. “The Real Housewife of Abbottabad: What bin Laden’s Spouse Knows; Tim McGirk; May 6, 2011; http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2069934,00.html
  37. “Bin Laden family split over divorce?” Robert Windrem; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22768778/
  38. “Brian Ross’ ‘View’ of Osama Bin Laden’s Death, ABC News’ chief investigative correspondent details the terrorist’s takedown;” May 2, 2011; http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/video/brian-ross-view-osama-bin-ladens-death-13509897
  39. “There Was No Firefight, Only one person was armed in Osama in Laden Compound; Mary Papenfuss; May 5, 2011; http://www.newser.com/story/117881/there-was-no-firefight.html And “Osama Bin Laden Killing Was ‘Cold-Blooded,’ ‘One-Sided’ in New Versions of Raid Story;” Joe Coscarelli; May 5, 2011; http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/05/osama_bin_laden_raid_story.php
  40. “Al Qaeda Confirms Bin Laden’s Death;” Elizabeth A. Harris; May 6, 2011; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/07/world/asia/07qaeda.html
  41. “Private Jihad, How Rita Katz got into the spying business;” Benjamin Wallace-Wells; May 29, 2006; http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/05/29/060529fa_fact?currentPage=1
  42. “About SITE – Rita Katz;” http://news.siteintelgroup.com/about-site
  43. “The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq;” Webster G. Tarpley; March 24, 2011; http://tarpley.net/2011/03/24/the-cia%E2%80%99s-libya-rebels-the-same-terrorists-who-killed-us-nato-troops-in-iraq/ And “Al Qaeda Involvement in Europe;” Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda_involvement_in_Europe
  44. “The struggle against terrorism cannot be won by military means;” July 8, 2005; http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2005/jul/08/july7.development And “Robin Cook—The Convenient Heart Attack;” T. Stokes; October 18, 2010; http://wideshut.co.uk/robin-cook-the-convenient-heart-attack/
  45. “Dr. Kelly WAS murdered and there has to be a new inquest, say six top doctors;” Tim Shipman; December 5, 2009; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1233330/Dr-David-Kelly-Six-doctors-demand-inquest-death-weapons-expert-prove-murdered.html#ixzz0YoSUFQnv And Interestingly, Robin Cook’s death by heart attack was similar to the death of British Labor leader, John Smith. Like Cook, Smith suffered a heart attack. He was 55 years old. His death helped pave the way for Tony Blair’s eventual leadership of the Labour Party. Smith was alone with his wife at the time of his death. The Baroness Smith is suspected of working for British intelligence. During the 1960s she worked for Fitzroy Maclean, the real-life model for Ian Fleming’s character, James Bond. If Al Qaeda bears a resemblance to the fictional trans-national criminal syndicate S.P.E.C.T.R.E, that may not be a coincidence. Baroness Smith served on the supervisory board of the British private intelligence firm Hakluyt. Another Hakluyt board member was Frank Wisner, Jr., Obama’s envoy to Egypt. Wisner, Jr. who is married to Christine de Ganay, the stepmother of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, was on the boards of directors for Kroll Associates and its parent company AIG at the time of 9/11. Kroll ran security for the World Trade Center. Another Hakluyt board member who was in Washington, D.C. on 9/11 was Tony Blair’s National Security Advisor, Sir David Manning. The day before 9/11 he had a meeting with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Armitage and CIA Director George Tenet had traveled to Pakistan and India in the spring of 2001. General Mahmoud Ahmed’s visit to Washington, D.C. at the time of 9/11 was in response to the earlier visits by Tenet and Armitage. Indian Intelligence would later trace $100,000 wired to Mohamed Atta in Florida to General Ahmed, who on 9/11 was having breakfast with the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Bob Graham and Porter Goss.
  46. “Abbottabad Neighbor Claims Bin Laden Raid Was Botched, Helicopter explosion killed numerous people involved in operation, Bashir tells Pakistani news channel;” Paul Joseph Watson; May 17, 2011; http://www.prisonplanet.com/abbottabad-neighbor-claims-bin-laden-raid-was-botched.html
  47. Op. cit. 2
  48. Op. cit. 25
  49. “Pakistan warns America not to stage any more raids;” Chris Brummitt; May 5, 2011; http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110505/D9N18J581.html
  50. “Tensions increase in Pakistan after NATO helicopter injures two soldiers in attack on Afghan border;” Daily Mail Reporter; May 17, 2011; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1387949/Pakistan-Nato-helicopter-injures-2-soldiers-attack-Afghan-border.html
  51. Top Pentagon Official in Surprise Visit to Pakistan;” Salmon Masood and Graham Bowley; September 16, 2008; http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/world/asia/17pstan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
  52. “Did Osama raid signal a shift in Pakistan’s military?” Jason Overdorf; May 6, 2011; http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/bric-yard/did-osama-raid-signal-shift-pakistans-military
  53. “Obama Gets Massive 13 Point Bounce From Contrived Bin Laden Raid;” Paul Joseph Watson; May 11, 2011; http://www.infowars.com/obama-gets-massive-13-point-bounce-from-contrived-bin-laden-raid/
  54. “Sen. Schumer calls for Amtrak ‘no ride list’ in wake of terror plot;” May 8, 2011; http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/sen_schumer_calls_for_amtrak_terror_CaUbxQPY9MzpXzpZXq8HyK